Hendry Brown’s heart stopped twice this week in a hospital unit in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga after a farm attack on the weekend, his wife and the couple’s son on their farm outside the town.
Four suspects assaulted Hendry, 77, Martie, 74, and their son Tommy, 53, with an ax and panga in the farmhouse on the Uitkyk Road near Mabalel on Sunday morning.
According to Brown, his father is in critical condition. “I’m worried about my father. The doctor says he did everything he could. Now we just have to wait. ”
Tommy is being treated at Rob Ferreira State Hospital in the city after sustaining serious injuries to his skull and jaw. He will soon have to undergo surgery to repair the damage to his face.
Tommy was shot in by one of the suspects. The suspect was fatally wounded in the process.
Brown says his brother’s leg is recovering well.
Although Martie had already been discharged from a hospital after her skull had been cracked during the attack, she had an anxiety attack this week. “I think it’s getting to my mother now,” Brown says.
He says Martie remembers that there were four suspects in their house that night. She can also remember the shots fired during fighting between her son and the suspect.
Brown says his parents have lived on the farm for 53 years.
“My dad can’t hurt a fly. Why should such things happen to such a person? All we can do now is pray and hope for the best. ”
Neither Hendry nor Tommy has medical aid and Brown now has to pay for the medical costs already amounting to R200 000. To make any contribution to the family’s medical expenses please contact 082 567 5212